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Liverpool sign teenager after Guardiola recommendation

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Highly-rated United States youth international Marc Pelosi will join Liverpool's academy set-up after signing a deal with the club.

Pelosi, 17, who has played 28 times for the US Under-17s and scored eight goals and captained the side in this summer's youth-level World Cup in Mexico, has joined from De Anza Force in California.

''We're determined to identify the best possible talent globally and I'm delighted we've been able to bring Marc in to the club,'' academy director Frank McParland told Liverpool TV.

Having started his career as a defender, Pelosi has adapted into his preferred attacking midfield role, and he recently revealed he was told to join Liverpool by Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

"It's a great feeling," Pelosi said in quotes attributed to Topdrawersoccer. "I have been told the current Barcelona coach said that 'if you don't go to Barcelona, the second best place to develop is at Liverpool.' It's a great, top notch organisation."

Pelosi will now develop under former Barcelona youth coaches Pep Segura and Rodolfo Borrell.

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